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ELEVEN people were arrested after they were caught betting while playing basketball at a basketball court in Barangay Aliwanay, Balamban Town, West Central Cebu at around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
Balamban Police Station Investigator Senior Master Sergeant Eugene Taboada said in an interview with SunStar Cebu that they carried out the operation based on complaints from residents.
Residents said basketball games created noise in their neighborhood almost every day.
Players also played a three-point shooter where they and their spectators also placed a bet.
Taboada said residents had already warned the players about the distraction they were causing in the neighborhood, but their pleas fell on deaf ears.
On Tuesday, September 6, Taboada said he decided to stage the operation after receiving a call from concerned citizens that a three-point shooter was going on in the area.
Among those arrested were Rociller Labrador, Philip Nacion, Rejimar Aresgado, Randolf Cumad and Michael Heruela.
Police also seized the basketball and bet money P290 from the scene.
“Saba kaayo ni sila didto dili naman ni lingaw-lingaw ilaha kay maabot nag linibu ang pusta, game na gyud ni,” Taboada said.
(They are very loud there. This cannot be considered a hobby as it already involved bets amounting to thousands, it is gambling indeed.)
Some wives have also complained that they can no longer buy rice because their husbands lost their money gambling, Taboada said.
“Okay ra man unta kun magduwa’g basketball apan dunay panahon nga magka-initay kay dagko na kaayog pusta,” he added.
(It’s good to play basketball, but there are times when they lost their temper due to the large amount of money involved.)
Taboada said those who participated in the three-point shootout were mostly shooters.
Taboada said any activity can be considered gambling if it involves money, regardless of the amount.
The suspects will be charged with violations of Executive Order 1602 or the Illegal Gambling Act.
Bail of 30,000 pesos for each of them was granted by the court for their temporary release.
Taboada said the court will decide whether or not to lower the amount.
Balamban Police Station Chief Lt. Col. Glenn Hife said in an interview with SunStar Cebu that they had received reports that the bet money placed for the shooting game would reach up to P2,000. .
“Naay mopusta in maka-shot tag 2k. Mopusta pud sila linibo in dili makashat. Rampant kaayo ilang sugal,” Hife said.
(Some have placed a bet of P2,000 for every shot made, while others have placed thousands for every shot missed. Gambling is rampant.)
Hife said they are now stepping up their campaign against illegal gambling in their area of expertise. (LPG, TPT)